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Hotel Cassa and Residences Hotel 4 star
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70 West 45th Street (Between 5 & 6th Avenue) 10036 New YorkNew YorkUSA New York, United States of America -
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Squeaky clean and clinical all in white, Cassa is a contemporary hotel and residence tower in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. It boasts 165 well-appointed and light and airy rooms with sleek furnishings and details as well as state-of-the-art fitness room and a brand new breakfast room. The hotel would certainly meet the needs of couples and families visiting the city for pleasure, although business travellers and those seeking a full-service establishment (wellness facility, business centre etc) might have to look elsewhere. A major advantage of the hotel is that, despite being in the centre of town, you can't hear a thing from the roads below at night.

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    Location 9.78 /10

    Cassa has a fantastic location in the heart of Midtown, perfect for both business and leisure travellers. Situated on West 45th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), it's within walking distance of so many of New York's big attractions: Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the theatres of Broadway, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Grand Central and Central Park. There are also great shopping opportunities close by on Fifth, Madison and Lexington Avenues and you could also conceivably stroll to the Upper East Side and the Museum Mile. If, however, you wanted to discover the other end of Midtown, Downtown or Brooklyn, no problem; there are several metro stations around the hotel which will get you to all those areas. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 8 and a half and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    Whether you are staying for just one night or for an extended period, Cassa offers a room type to suit. All are decorated in a similar way but have differing amenities. The standard room, which is, it has to be said, a little on the small side, is fitted with a green and dark brown floral carpet and has a queen size bed dressed in Frette linens with a studded black leather headboard. The furniture comprises simple wooden bedside tables on top of which stand a telephone and Geneva iPod docking station, a desk with second telephone and a closet containing a safe, iron and ironing board and the minibar which boasts Dean and Deluca snacks. Other features in the room include a 42" flatscreen television as well as a full length mirror leaning against the wall (as seems modish right now) and a multi-coloured digital image above the bed, also by Irene Mamiye. The bathrooms, which are relative in size to the rooms, are beautifully appointed in white and cream and boast Angelo Caroli toiletries, a well lit mirror for make-up application, monsoon shower box, OXO fittings and a coiffeuse with white leather pouffe. You'll also find Frette towels and bath robes as well as a hairdryer. The other categories of guestroom are very similar, differing mainly in size. The junior suite, which is again decorated in a fashion akin to the others, offers a separate seating area with a white leather corner couch and coffee table, king bed, larger flatscreen television, bathtub with monsoon shower and cheeky extras such as an intimacy kit.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The building that houses the Cassa is a highly distinctive, towering structure, all in white with what seems to be randomly positioned windows on its side. Although relatively small, the lobby is a pleasant place in which to enter, with the bright red reception desk the first thing to catch your eye. Behind it you'll find a team of extremely personable receptionists while behind them still is a video installation of a flowing river which was filmed over a year-long period. Opposite the welcome desk is yet more art with three blown-up images of a tree full of yellow leaves by the artist Irene Mamiye. The space also features a seating area just next to the entrance while there are several lifts serving all 48 floors.

    Pretty much the only other public space in the hotel is the fitness centre which boasts top-of-the-rage equipment and has several machines which would allow you to complete a full workout. There is no wellness centre but in-room treatments can be arranged upon request at reception for an extra charge. Otherwise the corridors are wide and well-lit and are easy to navigate while the general upkeep of the property is excellent being clean and in perfect condition. There is complimentary wifi throughout the hotel while other services such as babysitting and can also be arranged with notice.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    For the moment, Cassa only offers a breakfast service, although this will change before the end of 2011. The bright, airy room on the 10th floor contains round glass tables surrounded by contemporary white chairs while hints of red come from the carpet and chairs in the seating area off to one side. There is a terrace on which breakfast can be taken (as well as a drink later in the day, or a cigarette) although there is no real city view aside from the encircling skyscrapers (it is also a little noisy).

    Served between the hours of 6.30am and 11am, guests can choose between a continental or hot breakfast which features such dishes as wild mushroom frittata with caramelized onions, fontina and thyme. Side orders of pimenton breakfast potatoes, applewood smoked bacon and maple cured sausage can be ordered too for an extra charge.

    Later this year, Laurent Tourondel, who is behind BLT at the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park, will open the BLT American Brasserie below the hotel's lobby. Check back with us soon to get the lowdown.

    To know

    As the name suggests, Cassa is more than just a hotel. From the 27th floor up, it offers a collection of fully furnished, fully serviced, luxury residential apartments available to rent or buy. For the moment the hotel part of Cassa does not offer a restaurant service beyond breakfast hours, but there's one planned, the BLT American Brasserie by Laurent Tourondel, for late 2011.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      keep fit, beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Location
    • Staff
    • Design/décor
    • Quiet rooms

    disadvantages

    • No restaurant (at present)
    • No wellness facilities
    • Some rooms on the small side

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    • Overall Score 9.25/10
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